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Newburgh, New York, often makes national lists as one of the worst places to live, especially for young men. 

That’s why an alternative all-boys middle school partnered with Mohonk Preserve, part of the Shawangunk Mountains, just a few miles north in Gardiner. The students from the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh participate in a program aimed at teaching junior high school kids STEM skills using the natural environment.

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Ahead of the upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference, Hudson Valley Environmentalists invited the public to join them in a public stance against climate change on the Walkway over the Hudson.

The former railroad turned pedestrian bridge spans the Hudson from Ulster to Dutchess counties. It’s now a state park and for New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, the perfect place to engage the public.

Landscaping with Goats. Yeah, it's a Thing.

Sep 16, 2015
Photo: Lou Blouin


Last year, Deirdre Price moved from her urban, super-dense Pittsburgh northside neighborhood to a slightly suburban one in the South Hills. Like a lot of people, she moved for the yard. In Mexican War Streets, she had a postage stamp-sized lot. In Brookline, she’s basically got the urban equivalent of a back forty. But calling Price's new backyard a "yard" might be just a little bit generous.

“So we basically got five lots—three and a half are a hillside that is completely covered with bramble and brush and poison ivy,” Price says, laughing.

Building a better Honeybee

Aug 21, 2015
Photo: Lou Blouin

Beekeepers have plenty of tough days. But urban beekeeper Steve Rapaski is not having one of those today.

“My mouth is full!” Rapaski shouts, barehanding fistfuls of honey from one of his rooftop bee colonies. “We’re eating honey that is fresh from the hive. And it’s so delicious."

Rapaski has about a hundred colonies in and around Pittsburgh, but he actually hasn’t been around to check on this hive in a month. And now, the bees, which should have been storing their honey neatly on wooden frames have instead built a crazy jagged, mini-mountain range of foot-tall honeycomb inside an empty bee box.

“The good news is that it’s what we call fresh cut-comb honey. But it’s what we call a major screw-up by a beekeeper that should have put frames in there a month ago,” Rapaski says, laughing. 

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When President Obama named Michelle Lee as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, she became the first woman to hold that position in the agency’s 225-year history.

Lee, is working to make sure she’s not an anomaly and bring more women and minorities into STEM careers.

The Innovation Trail’s Jenna Flanagan recently met up with Director Lee in New York City.

“Any goal of the United States Patent and Trademark office at the highest level is to promote innovation. That’s in men women, boys and girls.”